J.P. Meyboom is a collector of improbable experiences, an appreciator of excellent food, and a friend to outrageous people. He has lived many lives in many countries, but he currently lives in Toronto.
A dark coming-of-age crime comedy set in a world of scoundrels and misfits at the end of their tether.
Paul Wint quits the greeting card business under the spell of Hornsmith, an ailing con artist running a scam on Dr. Courtney, a cosmetic surgeon, and Simon Trang, a shadowy narc. Hornsmith says it’s business, but it’s really more a blackmail job.
And it’s not working out. While Hornsmith’s distracted by his intestinal cancer, Courtney’s gangsters plot to kill the deal. Soon, Paul can’t see his way for the complications in this business. His obsession with Marla, a singer with The Raging Socket, doesn’t help.
After a mysterious fire destroys his apartment building, Paul sets out on a road trip that is both terrifying and ridiculous, a trip through America that brings together immigrants, crooks, and seekers in the vast, unforgiving and inspiring spaces of the desert.
“A non-writing writer is a monster courting insanity”